The Native Irish Honey Bee – NIHBS


The Native Irish Honey Bee Book

  • Is a collaborative work produced entirely by volunteers. Each chapter was contributed by different beekeepers and scientists with varying backgrounds, skills and experiences.
  • The forward is written by world-renowned bee scientist and author Professor Thomas Seeley.
  • This book is self-descriptive and includes a wide source of information on the native black honey bee including narratives on evolution, genetics, history and conservation.
  • With practical ‘How-to’ sections on bee improvement, plus real-life stories from commercial beekeepers.
  • To encourage beekeepers to choose Apis melifera melifera (the native black bee) and to discourage the buying and importation of non-native honey bees.

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The Native Irish Honey Bee Society – NIHBS

The Native Irish Honey Bee Society is an all-Ireland association whose main objectives are to promote the conservation, study, improvement and reintroduction of the Native Irish Honey Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, also known as the black bee, throughout the island of Ireland.

To achieve this we aim to establish areas of conservation to preserve Apis mellifera mellifera and to work for a ban on the importation of bees and queens.  For further information about The Native Irish Honey Bee Society click here.

Professor Thomas Seeley

Thomas Dyer Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology in the Department of Neurobiology and Behaviour at Cornell University. He is the author of several books on honey bee behaviour, including Honeybee Democracy and The Wisdom of the Hive. He was the recipient of the Humboldt Prize in Biology in 2001. He primarily studies swarm intelligence by investigating how bees collectively make decisions.

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Weight 500 g